[aisle] Banned Book Week

Loretta Burke ltburke at sbcglobal.net
Tue Sep 24 01:18:26 CDT 2019

 You have some great ideas! You could display the books with a small caption on the cover explaining the reason(s) the books were banned or challenged. The ALA website has some great information about your topics. You might want to discuss with your students your school district's policy for challenging or banning books, if you have one. If not, maybe your students could help you draft one to present to the school board. That's the protection you have in keeping books on your shelves. If parents want to get rid of a book, they have to follow the school board's policy for challenging books in the school library. Here's some great information and resources about First Amendment rights and censorship in schools: https://ncac.org/resource/first-amendment-in-schools

You might be surprised how many banned/challenged books you may have in your library if you reviewed the lists of the most frequently banned books of all time. 

How about putting up a bulletin board with some great quotes from authors/famous people about banned or challenged books, along with a list of the most frequently banned or challenged books over the past 10 years? Give students real examples of banned/challenged books that were removed from school libraries. The students couldn't believe that one group of parents wanted their school district to ban Harry Potter books because they thought the books would promote witchcraft to children!     On Thursday, September 19, 2019, 8:27:33 PM CDT, Todd Freer via AISLE <aisle at list.railslibraries.info> wrote:  
  #yiv7970785770 P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}Hi All - I'm looking for some lesson points for introducing banned books to my 3rd -6th graders. Our library is small and not too current. It doesn't have too many banned books to choose from so I borrowed  13 from my library. It's sort of a hodgepodge of a selection. I see kids 2x/week for 30 minutes and was thinking about maybe doing this for two weeks if need be. Ideas include:Introducing the concept of banning/censorship Risk vs. Reward (of banning books)Banned Book Debate (teaching the art of debate first)First Amendment Lessons (which could lead to conversations about the Constitution)
I feel a bit restrained since I can't lend out these books but don't want kids to miss out on learning that "banning a book is a real thing." 
I'd be grateful for your input.Thanks,--Todd


Todd Freer

Library Media Specialist

East Elementary School
2913 Elim Avenue, Zion, IL, 60099

847.872.5425 • 847.872.8130 (fax)



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